Why Anurag Thakur, considered one of the best performing ministers, did not get a place in the Modi cabinet this time, inside story

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : Anurag Thakur, one of the star performers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term, is not getting a place in the Council of Ministers this time. He has congratulated PM Modi and all the ministers to be made. Thakur, who has been winning the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat of Himachal for 5 consecutive times, has had a great political career so far. While being the President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, he proved his leadership ability. His tenure was excellent. In January 2019, he became the first BJP MP to be awarded Sansad Ratna. PM Modi made Thakur a part of the Union Council of Ministers in his second term. Started as Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Got promoted in 2021. Became Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting along with Sports and Youth Affairs. He was a star performer minister of the Modi government. Despite this, what is the reason for him not being able to become a part of the Modi cabinet this time, let us understand. Anurag Thakur hails from Himachal Pradesh. He became an MP for the first time by winning the 2008 by-election from Hamirpur parliamentary seat and is undefeated so far. After the 2008 by-election, he also won this seat in the 2009, 2014, 2019 and 2024 Lok Sabha elections. This time he defeated Satpal Raizada of Congress by a margin of more than 1 lakh 82 thousand votes. It was believed that he would become a minister at the Center from Himachal Pradesh, which has 4 Lok Sabha seats, but there was a hitch in it. Actually, the term of BJP National President JP Nadda is ending on June 30. Nadda's name is also in the list of potential ministers. Although he is a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, but he is a resident of Himachal Pradesh. Now having 2-2 ministers from a small state like Himachal can disturb the regional balance. Therefore Thakur was dropped. In PM Modi's first term, JP Nadda was a part of his cabinet and was then the only Union Minister from Himachal.

Not only Anurag Thakur, Smriti Irani, who was a popular face of the previous government, is also missing from the list of ministers this time. Even after losing the election from Amethi in 2014, PM Modi made Irani a minister. In 2019, she defeated Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, which is considered the impregnable fort of the Gandhi family. After the victory, PM Modi made Irani a minister in the second term as well. This time Irani had to face defeat in Amethi at the hands of Congress candidate Kishori Lal Sharma. Rahul Gandhi has won from Rae Bareli, the seat next to Amethi, from where Sonia Gandhi has been winning. Now Rahul will be seen as the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha. It was believed that just as Irani got a place in the Modi cabinet despite losing in 2014, she could get a place this time as well. But this does not seem to be happening. The reason behind this is believed to be that the ministers who lose the election can get important responsibility in the organization. Be it Anurag Thakur or Smriti Irani, RK Singh or Sanjeev Baliyan or Nishith Pramanik, those ministers of Modi 2.0 government who have lost the elections can be given important responsibilities in the organization. Anurag Thakur has shown his organizational ability while being the president of BJP Yuva Morcha, so this time he can be given a big responsibility in the organization.

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